The Book of Pettolecchia

" The solemn magic, the rare and composed decorum of Pettolecchia, its wallsbound by the silvery flicker of the olive trees and caressed by the shadows of the proud men and magnificent women who have possessed, loved and lived it…”

taken from
La storia, gli uomini, le terre

di Editta Sigrisi, Schena Editore,
Fasano, 2014


The history of Pettolecchia is told with a double narrative: placing the masseria within its functional and cultural horizons while guiding it into an inner space,a place of the soul. Pettolecchia comes to life,not only through the account of its historical origins but also through the portraits of the men who built and devotedly loved it, the noble and wealthy Palmieri. The proud and tenacious men and bright, gentle women, who all played a role in the same odyssey: to bring honour to Pettolecchia, “the safehouse of liquid gold” produced by the hundreds of century old olive trees that crown the masseria .




In one of the most beautiful and sun-drenched regions of the Italian  Mediterranean, in the land of olive groves,castles and Romanesque cathedrals, in the Puglia of  Alberobello's trulli,of Lecce's Baroque churches, of Castel del Monte's eight superb towers, of coasts lapped by the emerald waters of  Salento, stands Pettolecchia, the jewel of the region's fortified masserias.

The masseria is situated half way between Bari and Brindisi, along the coastal road which connects Savelletri to Torre Canne, two pleasant seaside locations in the Fasano area. At less than two kilometres from  Savelletri, with the sea on the left, turn into the little road that leads into the enchanted kingdom that is the countryside of Pettolecchia